My kid is someone who is very keen to stick to the ‘rules’. He’s also a people pleaser - these two things tend to go hand in hand and he gets nervous even thinking about stepping outside of boundaries. He came to me a few months ago and asked what I thought about breaking rules for something you believe in - and we spoke at the climate protests and suffragettes and Rosa Parks, others in history who have suffered real consequences for what they believe in. He was nervous going to the Youth Strike march, but was exhilarated and proud of being a part of something he believes in.
We need to acknowledge here - my family were super privileged to be able to march with ease. Firstly, our council (Brighton and Hove) publicly supported adults and childrens right to strike. That meant that we were, with head teachers permission, allowed to easily leave and re-join school in the middle of the day. We also live under a Green MP (yay for Caroline Lucas) who came and spoke at the march, and obviously supports the sentiment behind these gatherings wholeheartedly.
So really? It was easy for us. Our community is helping make it easier for our childrens voices to be heard, and at times encouraging it. In many parts of the world where children marched yesterday, the conditions are not like this. Even in parts of the UK. We still have Tory ministers on national television condemning kids leaving school for this.
When we look at these photos, let's remember that these kids, are being brave and fighting for something they believe in. This is the future, and that's why they strike and we strike along with them 💚